|"This is a delightful tea that claims to be a black tea but I think it is a white one in disguise. "|
My sample today is a First Flush Darjeeling from the Castleton Estate. This is listed as a black tea but it greatly resembles a white in that the leaves are fluffy, lighter green and lightly furred. They also have a light grainy aroma.
I set them up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 4 minutes. The resulting liquor is golden topaz in color with light grainy, fruity aroma.
The taste also reminds me of a white tea in that it is delicate, delicious and one to take time to savor. It has a faint astringency and has light fruity taste that reminds me of a Rhine wine. There is a sweet aftertaste that lingers for a bit also. Definitely a treat to delight.
I really enjoyed this darjeeling and it is one I can see myself enjoying later in the day which is when I find myself being able to really appreciate the lighter teas. If I was picking it up as a black tea to be drank in the mornings however, I would be disappointed. Because of this discrepancy, I did have some issues with rating it but finally decided to go with my enjoyment of the tea regardless of what category it should fit into.
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